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Built in the eighteenth century, the Creighton-Ward Mansion stands on the site of a Norman castle in rural Kent. Designated by World Heritage as a grade one listed building, Creighton House has nonetheless been extensively, yet subtly, modernized to include infrared burglar alarms, inter-room video communications, and a forensic laboratory has been built in what were the servants quarters "below stairs". Running costs are kept to a minimum: only Parker and Lil live permanently on site with her ladyship.
- 1 Exterior
- 2 Interiors
- 3 Communication Devices
- 4 Garages
- 5 Key Features
- 6 Cutaway Drawing
- 7 Family Crest
- 8 Trivia
When Warren Grafton pays a visit to Lady Penelope, Parker shows him into the library.
Safe Alarm System
The safe in the library is protected by an independent alarm system, that when triggered, will set off flashing lights inside Lady Penelope and Parker's bedrooms. The safe also has a video view, which is disguised as paintings on the walls of both bedrooms.
Lady Penelope's bedroom.
Parker keeps his suitcases under the bed, one of which holds a sub-machine gun!
Creighton-Ward Manor has several different communication devices throughut the house.
Used in Brink of Disaster, Parker is able to contact Lady Penelope who is driving FAB 1 by twisting the figurine on the banister of the staircase.
Tea Pot - Main Lounge
In Trapped in the Sky, Lady Penelope twisted the top of her tea pot to accept an incoming call from Jeff Tracy on Tracy Island.
Candle Holder Microphone - Dinning Room
Video Phone - Dinning Room
Lady Penelope has a standard video link inside an oak cabinet.
Room To Room Communications
Lady Penelope is able to contact Parker in the middle of the night by the use of her bedside microphone hidden inside a jewelry box. Parker's communicator is hidden inside the lid of his beer stein.
An array of garages are present to the right of the property, with at least one holding FAB 1.
Below is a list of features of the house, (according to Graham Bleathman, in his "International Rescue Book of FAB Cross-Sections"), not seen on screen.
- First floor guest room
- Main Guest rooms on the first floor
- Book and video Library
- Games Room
- Attic containing emergency power system
- Satellite communications room
- Banqueting hall
- Recreation room, including art studio
- Wine cellar
- Weapons store
- Entrance to an underground stream that runs to Creighton Village
- Main article: History of the Cutaway Drawings (Classic Thunderbirds)
As far as is known, there is only two cutaway drawing of the Creighton-Ward Stately Home, both illustrated by Graham Bleathman.
The family crest of the Creighton-Wards is displayed proudly over the fireplace in the main lounge, carved into stone to ensure its longevity.
- The manor was produced by James Channing, with interior furnishing by Arthur Cripps, Tony Dunsterville, Eddie Hunter, and Stewart Osborn.
- Creighton-Ward Manor is in the hamlet called Foxley Heath. This village is so tiny that Lady Penelope was able to obtain the telegraphic adres Foxleyheath for her personal use.
- Adorning the lounge of the manor is a painting by Bob Bell which depicts an 18th-century lady in a rococo dress. This turned up again at Glengarry Castle in the Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons episode The Trap, in which the prop appeared in the main hall and Captain Scarlet's bedroom.
- Stourhead House in Wiltshire, the 18th-century Palladian mansion, inspired the design of Lady Penelope's home.